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Craft Focus magazine - Issue 84 - April/May 2021

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In this issue:

Father's Day
Gifts for dad

Wellness & wellbeing
Take time to look after yourself

Bring me sunshine
Summer product showcase

Brand spanking new
New products on the market

Jungle fever
Animal prints, bright colours & pure vibrancy!

Needlecrafts
On point!

Competition
Your chance to win with Specialist Crafts on p82

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Ticket lines set to open in May for The Festival of Quilts

Ticket lines set to open in May for The Festival of Quilts

The organisers of The Festival of Quilts, Europe's leading patchwork and quilting event,...

Hyve Group to launch online marketplace for B2B retail

Hyve Group to launch online marketplace for B2B retail

Hyve Group is set to launch the Spring & Autumn Fair Online Marketplace. The Online...

It’s celebration time at Polkadoodles!

It’s celebration time at Polkadoodles!

This month Polkadoodles is treating crafters to not one, not two but three fabulously versatile collections...

Pavilion Books introduce new titles for April/May!

Pavilion Books introduce new titles for April/May!

From sustainable sewing projects from Sewing Bee star Chinelo Bally to a practical guide to making...

From the editor

Rachel Westall, Editor

Retail revival!

Yes! All non-essential retail can reopen from 12th April, 2021! I for one, cannot wait to browse the bright summer stock, chat to friendly shop owners (rather than simply clicking ‘add to basket’) and seeing our streets come to life slowly but surely. The feeling of holding bags full of creative goodies is a buzz that’s hard to be recreated online. Let the retail revival commence!

Over the spring, the Government will run a scientific Events Research Programme. This will include a series of pilots using enhanced testing approaches and other measures to run events with larger crowd sizes and reduced social distancing to evaluate the outcomes. We do hope the results are positive, so we can start taking laps of our loved exhibition centres by summer. Come 21st June 2021, all being well and all boxes being ticked, we could be living in a very different UK, with the promise of all current legal restrictions being abolished.

To help you get your stock ready please enjoy this issue packed full of bright products in our summer product showcase and our trend file entitled Jungle Fever! We also have a spotlight on Father’s Day with great ideas for men; plenty of needlework inspiration; and our all-important wellness and wellbeing feature – no one is saying the months ahead will be easy so take time to relax and look after yourselves. We have some wonderful, calming projects that may give you the perfect excuse for some ‘me time’.

Finally, Specialist Crafts has sponsored this issue’s competition where you can win one of 20 sets of 48 Spectrum Artist Colour Pencils to trial yourself or give away to your customers! Click here to enter www.craftfocus.com/competition

Rachel Westall, Editor

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Competition

Competition

Win one of 20 sets of 48 Spectrum Artist Colour Pencils from Specialist Craft Ltd to trial yourself or give away to your customers!

Competition

Win one of 20 sets of 48 Spectrum Artist Colour Pencils from Specialist Craft Ltd to trial yourself or give away to your customers!

Competition

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Rachel Westall, Editor of Craft Focus magazine
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Viridian is pleased to introduce a brand-new product line, PANART Art Brushes. Panart has vast manufacturing experience in the art industry, producing premium artistry tools and mediums that help create something truly special.
Panart Cool Craft Synthetic range of brushes with FSC certified wooden handles are designed to appeal to the most avid artist. Using a carefully chosen blend of filament types has resulted in harnessing the dual features of flexibility and stiffness in one small package. This methodology not only allows for an even colour release while using water, oil, and acrylic medium paints, but also allows you to create multiple effects and strokes. Whether you want to blend, shade, or create highlights, this brush will rise to the task.
Available in a sleek metallic grey handle with contrasting white rings, this brush has both beauty and brains, a must have for the budding artist.
For further information, email office@viridianltd.co.uk or visit the website www.viridianyarn.com

 

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